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David Lohr

Lawsuit Alleges County Jail Inmates Were Stripped, Tortured, Humiliated

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 06.13.2014 | Crime

Inmates at Floyd County Jail in Indiana were stripped, tortured, humiliated and abused, according to a class-action lawsuit filed Thursday by a local ...

David Lohr

Indiana Woman Allegedly Pepper-Sprayed, Stripped, Left Naked By Jailers

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 06.12.2014 | Crime

A misdemeanor arrest resulted in an Indiana woman being stripped naked, pepper-sprayed and left for hours on the floor of an unsanitary holding cell, ...

5 Terrifying Ways Police Can Legally Screw You Over

Cracked | Posted 04.16.2014 | Weird News

In America, the courts have again and again given the police all sorts of leeway to royally screw up your life for almost no reason at all. It's just ...

Life in the Emerging American Police State: What's in Store for Our Freedoms in 2014?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In Harold Ramis' classic 1993 comedy Groundhog Day, TV weatherman Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) is forced to live the same day over and over ag...

Grasping for Dignity in the Era of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 09.15.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

Unfortunately, the courts have increasingly erred on the side of giving government officials -- especially the police -- vast discretion in carrying out strip searches for a broad range of violations.

Florida v. Harris: Turning Police Dogs Into Search Warrants on a Leash

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.27.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

"The unspoken power dynamics in a police/civilian encounter will generally favor the police, unless the civilian is a local sports hero, the mayor, or...

Majoring in Minors: Turning Our Schools Into Totalitarian Enclaves

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.07.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

School officials are also exhibiting zero tolerance for the age-old game of cops and robbers, a playground game I played as a child. In a new wrinkle on this old game, however, it's not the cop who gets the bad guy.

Sleeping Through a Revolution: It's Time for President Obama to Wake Up to the True Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

John W. Whitehead | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The following key principles, largely absent from Obama's first term in office, formed the backbone of Rev. King's life and work.

Missouri v. McNeely: The Loss of Bodily Integrity in an Emerging Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.15.2013 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

While the literal purpose of the amendment is to protect our property and our bodies from unwarranted government intrusion, the moral intention behind it is to protect our human dignity.

John Rudolf

Milwaukee Cops Charged With Felonies For Illegal Body Cavity Searches

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 10.11.2012 | Crime

Four Milwaukee police officers face multiple felony counts for allegedly performing numerous illegal body cavity searches on suspects over the past t...

Mom: Teen Felt 'Threatened, Coerced' By School To Expose Self For School Strip Search

Posted 08.09.2012 | Education

The mother of a girl who says she was wrongfully strip searched at school is speaking out against the district. Amanda Sandidge is suing Kansas' Tu...

WATCH: 3rd Grader Strip Searched, Mom Outraged

Posted 06.19.2012 | Education

Parents in Clinton, North Carolina, are outraged after an assistant principal gave a third-grader a strip search there. The Union Elementary School of...

Police Under Fire Over Cavity Searches

Simon McCormack | Posted 05.30.2012 | Crime

Seven Milwaukee police officers and one supervisor have had their guns and badges taken away amid allegations that they conducted illegal cavity searc...

The Supreme Court's Decision on Strip Searches Will Make Jails More Dangerous

Lovisa Stannow | Posted 06.18.2012 | Crime
Lovisa Stannow

The practice of strip searching all jail inmates, just because they are detainees, is a violation of basic human rights and unnecessary. It is also a recipe for sexual abuse.

Supreme Court "Strips" Fourth Amendment Protections

John M. Burns | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics
John M. Burns

Let's put this into perspective: If you are arrested for even a traffic violation, the Supreme Court has now given law enforcement officials the green light to strip you down and search even your body cavities, regardless of whether or not they believe you possess any dangerous or banned substance.

The Supreme Court's 4-1 Split

Kelly Kleiman | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Kelly Kleiman

Plenty of attention has been paid recently to splits on the Supreme Court: Who will divide with whom on the Affordable Care Act? Will the existence o...

Strip Search Nation (Including The Authoritarian Catechism)

David Bromwich | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
David Bromwich

The recent Supreme Court decision in Florence v. County of Burlington, supported by the Obama administration, makes a large example of the way an expansionist foreign policy based on coercion and violence has returned on us and come to haunt Americans.

Strip Search Ruling Is Outrageous

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy made an absolutely terrible decision in voting with the four conservative justices that strip searches are permitted in all circumstances.

The New American Pie: Breached, Tracked and Strip Searched

Adam Levin | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

That this breach was minimized so quickly -- and so quickly disappeared from the news cycle -- is a matter of grave concern.

Suit: Cruise's Strip Search Of Underaged Girl Went WAY Too Far

Posted 04.04.2012 | Miami

A teenage girl is suing Carnival Cruise Lines in Miami's federal court, accusing employees of having conducted an aggressive strip and cavity search w...

Strip-Searching America: Florence v. County of Burlington

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.04.2012 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

In an age when the courts show greater deference to bureaucracy than democracy, making life easier for harried jailers trumps the Constitution. Consequently, any person who is arrested can now be subjected to a degrading strip search.

Want to See People Strip for Free? Join the Police!

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 06.04.2012 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

Want to see people strip for free? Well, thanks to the Supreme Court, you can!

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court OKs Suspicionless Strip Searches For New Jail Inmates

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday decided that jails may perform suspicionless strip searches on new inmates regardless of the gravity of thei...

Student Sues Georgia School District Over 'Humiliating' Strip Search

AP | GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 04.16.2012 | Education

ATLANTA — A Georgia middle school student claimed in a lawsuit Wednesday he was humiliated and traumatized when he was brought to a vice princip...

Satirical TSA 'Memo' Skewers The Bumbling Agency

Christopher Elliott | Posted 04.01.2012 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

TSA policy on cupcakes and other baked goods is clear: These items may be confiscated at any time, for any reason, as long as you share them with your colleagues in the break room.